She sang “You Are Not Alone” at Junior Eurovision 2020. Yet the sight of Georgia’s Sandra Gadelia all alone in the green room left fans equal parts confused and concerned, especially since most of the other acts were accompanied by cheering supporters.
Now, Georgia’s GPB has confirmed via Facebook that this was not how they had originally planned for Sandra to spend the evening.
Junior Eurovision 2020: Georgia’s GPB explains why Sandra Gadelia was alone in the green room
Viewers first became aware of Sandra’s lonely green room set up about midway into the show. During an interview with Malta’s Chanel Monseigneur, the feed mistakenly cut to Tiblisi rather than Valetta. Caught unawares, a forlorn-looking Sandra sat by a small table with her national flag in hand.
Juxtaposed against the happy, clapping groups in other green rooms across Europe, the image of Sandra on her own pulled at viewers’ heartstrings. Thankfully, Sandra didn’t appear to be too down. She became suitably excited during the voting, jumping with delight upon receiving top marks from both the Spanish and Ukrainian juries.
The next morning, GPB cleared up any misunderstanding. Writing on Facebook, the national broadcaster explained that the original intention was for Sandra to be joined by her backing dancers. However, Sandra had to go into self-isolation due to being a close contact to someone who had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, these plans had to be dropped.
The TV network added that it didn’t want to spread this information before the show, saying that health is first and then competition. It concluded by saying, “We think this little girl has done everything to show the best in the country”.
During the voting sequence, it also became apparent that Russia’s Sofia Feskova was alone in her respective green room too. The Russian delegation has not yet commented on the matter at the time of writing.
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Junior Eurovision 2021: A remote contest
Of course, due to the ongoing pandemic, most of Junior Eurovision 2020 took place remotely. The recordings of all 12 performances were finalised by early November, hence why it was possible for Sandra to be joined by her dancers on stage — the recording took place before she had to isolate.
All 12 delegations gathered in green room in their home countries with live feeds linking them all to the main event in Warsaw’s TVP studios.
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